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where's the wot forum?! – October 1, 2009 6:41 PM (edited 10/1/09 2:41 PM)
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[LOC: 26, Connecting Lines, 373]

Rand's three questions to the Aelfinn (the Snakes):

"He [Rand] knew he had a chance to live, if a seemingly impossible one. If you would live, you must die."
Rand thinks about the Aelfinn's answer again in [WH: 25, Bonds, 483]:
"He had been told by those he had to believe. To live, you must die."
The only other specific information we have about Rand's encounter with the Finn is his comment to Mat that the Snakes never mentioned Rhuidean to him [TSR: 24, Rhuidean, 274]. So we're never told explicitly what the questions are, but over the course of the books since TSR they can be logically deduced:
Q: How do I cleanse saidin?
A: [Something about the Choedan Kal, perhaps, or Shadar Logoth, or both.]
Q: How do I survive [or is there a way for me to survive] Tarmon Gai'don?
A: "To live, you must die."
Q: Should I go home to the Two Rivers? [to protect it from Fain]
A: [Apparently, "No."]
The second answer has a number of possible meanings. Maybe it means "if you would live future lives, you must die (physically) in this one" (cf. LTT's wanting to die for good, never be spun out again.[LOC: 18, A Taste of Solitude, 299]). Or, Rand will die, but will get resurrected. Or, one of Rand and LTT will die and one will not. Or, Rand will seemingly die, but won't really.

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